Five Points – 22/3

Much in the same with that Tim sends out Five Bullets on a Friday, I’m going to try something similar here to put the week into perspective.

1. Quote of the WEEK

It looks like there is an awful lot of work to do. If you had to analyse all your dreams there would be no time left to dream. — Dalai Lama

There has to be an acceptance that you cannot do everything and you have to let go of somethings to get the right focus on the important things.

2. What I’ve been enjoying

I have been enjoying the peace and quiet of isolating, and frankly the ability to get a bit of rest. I spend at least 2 hours travelling on a normal weekday. I’m office based so I’m working from home during the current COVID-19 situation. I’ve got the travelling time back and I’m using it to get some things done that otherwise, I would not be able to. I’ve been brewing, making bread and fixing a few outstanding things in the house.

3. What I’m reading

I am reading far too much at once. For pleasure, I’m currently reading Terry Pratchett’s Hogfather. For self-development, I’m reading Ryan Holiday’s The Obstacle is the Way. Ryan’s books are incredibly easy to read. They are broken into chunks, so you can make progress in 5-10 minutes each day.

On a daily basis for reflection, I am reading The Dalai Lama’s Book of Daily Meditations and in March, Mark’s Gospel from the NIV Bible. There is a reading pattern for the Torah, which splits the book into 54 readings making it possible to comfortably read the Torah throughout the year. Similarly, there are precisely 52 chapters in the gospel of Luke and Acts (also written by Luke). I follow these patterns – the Torah on Saturday and Luke on a Sunday.

4. What I’m doing in my free time

Outside of work, I’m attempting to use the free time from travelling to finish my book on Russian Handwriting. I’m publishing it on Leanpub and it feels a bit weird putting it out there before it is finished. It needs some serious work to be finished. I’ve got 3 letters to finish in chapter 3, 8 letters for chapter 6 and a chapter of examples. It still won’t be finished then – it will need revisions. The Lean methodology does encourage the work to flow, provided one has time to do it.

5. What I’m learning more about

I have a mathematical project in mind this year and over a couple of glasses of wine last evening, I was revising some topics from mathematical analysis. I found a nice proof that e is irrational and was studying that. The proof works by contradiction – you assume that e is rational and can be written as a fraction a/b and then use the properties of the series definition of e to show that a particular number based on e is both between 0 & 1 and a whole number. This is absurd, so the original statement must be false. There’s a hastily put together proof below, originally due to Fourier.

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